Saturday, August 22, 2015

There are hundreds of ways to say “I love you”

With: Margaret Ethridge

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“Te amo”

“Je t’aime”

Ich liebe dich

“I brought you a Route 44 Diet Coke from the Sonic.”

There are hundreds of ways to say “I love you”, but if you’re not paying attention they might get lost in translation. Learning to speak each other’s language is one of the most intriguing aspects of falling in love. It took a long time to become fluent in my husband’s language of love.

You see, like the characters in my novel, Spring Chickens, he’s a southern man and I’m a Yankee girl. Technically, we both speak English, but in radically different dialects. When the air turns cool and damp, I may say, “It’s going to rain”, but my sweet-talking southern man would tell you, “It’s fixin’ to come a storm.” When we go shopping, he pushes a ‘buggy’, but I use a ‘cart’ to carry my groceries.

Like any dedicated couple, we say the words every day, but they don’t always come out in the form of “I love you.” Most days they go something like this:

“I mailed your package.”

“Thank you. I thought I’d make that pasta thing you liked for dinner tonight.”

“Great. I’m gonna pull the washer out. Your socks fell off the pile, and I think I saw you Steak ‘n Shake shirt back there.”

 “I’ve been looking for that shirt!”

“I figured there was a reason you were rooting through my drawers.”

“You love it when I root around in your drawers.”

“I do.”

In Spring Chickens, Bram Hatchett declares his intentions by giving Lynne Prescott a pair of baby chicks. Lynne reciprocates by making him pot roast. I can’t think of a better way of saying, “I’m falling for you.”

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Comment below and tell me how you and your loved one speak the language of love and I will give one winner their choice from my digital backlist!

About the author:
By day, Margaret Ethridge/Maggie Wells is buried in spreadsheets. At night she pens tales of people tangling up the sheets. The product of a charming rogue and a shameless flirt, you only have to scratch the surface of this mild-mannered married lady to find a naughty streak a mile wide. You can find her here:

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  1. with actions

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    1. Actions speak volumes! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  2. My family is not the hugging/kissing kind, but we show each other we care with little gestures... I like to make little pics or cards to show it...

    1. My family isn't traditionally affectionate, either. The important thing is that you recognize the signals. :) Thanks for your input!

  3. Me: Why did you marry me?
    Husband: You were nice. At first.

    1. Ha! And then they learn the truth...dun dun dun! :)

    2. Hehehe. Yeah. He knew what he was getting into. Seriously, keeping our word to each other is very important. If he says it, I know I can count on him to do it. I think dependability is a most attractive feature.

  4. Recently, someone asked my parents how they'd been married for 50 years. What's the secret? My dad looked quite serious and said, "You marry the right person." I had tears. No wonder I became a romance writer with parents like that!


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